Fortune staffer Jonathan Vanian reports that drone deliveries could be coming as soon as one year from now, according to Dave Vos, head of Google X’s Project Wing experimental drone delivery program. Vos claims that drones will be safer than general aviation, and that they will operate quietly enough to not disturb the public. Google, along with retailers such as Amazon and Wal-Mart, has been exploring the drone delivery market for the past three years, but Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations are keeping many companies out of the commercial drone usage space. However, the FAA said that the government plans to finalize its drone rules for commercial operations by late spring.
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The FAA in October enlisted a handful of drone makers, industry advocates, and retailers like Google GOOG 1.39% to help create the registration system and rules. The registration system came online in late December, and since then has logged over 181,000 drones in its database as of early January. Vos said the recently created national drone registry system is an example of how government and the private sector can work together to advance drone technology, according to a Bloomberg News report.